Music festivals abound in the UK and for the past few years we’ve joined friends to pitch our tent in a field all in the name of hanging out and listening to live music. I’ve started a ‘music festival kit list’ as it’s not exactly like normal camping. For a start you park a long way from your tent so you have to carry everything (this can be miles at a big festival like Glastonbury). At Chagstock, the local scout group are available for hire with some handy wheel barrows – but never when you are packing up. Regular festival goers bring an astonishing array of ingenious collapsible carriers on wheels; I saw one last year that turned into a table.
I take my kettle and gas burner and the usual crisps, dips and breakfast making stuff but to be honest you can buy everything on-site. A big part of a festival is the food. No greasy burger vans here. The culture of local talent also seems to extend to the food on offer. I wanted to try everything but due to the abundance of food that the other campers in my group brought with them, I only managed to sample a few things over the weekend. Everything was top notch though.
I’ll let the pictures do the talking, but my top eats were:
1. Hog Roast – Succulent pork, apple sauce, stuffing and a big piece of crackling in a fluffy bun. A bit fell out when I was taking the picture – you should have heard the sigh of shock from the people watching me. I could eat this everyday.
2. Tom’s pies – Steak and ale was everything it should be. Robust but thin, crumbly, buttery pastry (not too rich though) with soft chunks of meat and gravy. So hot I had to blow on it – sublime pie-eating experience.
3. Bacon sandwich – This was my own made of Morrison’s ‘spoilt pig’ bacon with tom ketch in a roll eaten overlooking that wonderful view of Dartmoor.
The baked potatoes and Aberdeen Angus burgers were very good too, had to leave the Indian, Thai, Veggie burgers and crepes for a another year.
Music? Show of Hands, John Otway Big Band, Magic Numbers and Three Daft Monkeys all rocked my world!
Have you any festival food highlights?
P.S. Thank you for all the nice messages about The Independent Best Food Sites – I was absolutely thrilled to be included.